Athlete during college
Athlete during college
 
 
Played in the Negro Baseball League
Played in the Negro Baseball League
 
 
First African American to play Major League baseball
First African American to play Major League baseball
 
 
Named Rookie of the year in 1947
Named Rookie of the year in 1947
 
 
Named Most Valuable Player in 1949
Named Most Valuable Player in 1949
 
 
Robinson, his wife and three children
Robinson, his wife and three children
 
 
Participated in the March on Washinton, D.C. in 1963
Participated in the March on Washinton, D.C. in 1963
 
Robinson, Jackie
Topic(s):   Black History (U.S.), Famous People (U.S.), Georgia (U.S.) Facts
Quick Facts
Full Name Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Born January 31, 1919 (Cairo, Georgia)
Died October 24, 1972 (Stamford, Connecticut)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) professional baseball player
Major Achievement(s) first African American Major League baseball player, worked for Equal Rights

Jackie Robinson was born in south Georgia to a family of farmers. He was an excellent athlete. In college, he played baseball, basketball, football and ran track.

Jackie Robinson began playing professional baseball in 1945. At that time, baseball teams were still segregated. Blacks and whites did not play on the same team. He played for one year with the Negro Baseball League.

The next year, he began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie was the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues. This was a hard job because many people did not want him to play with the white people.

Jackie Robinson scored 12 homeruns the first year he played for the Dodgers. He was named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Robinson played for the Dodgers for ten years.

Jackie Robinson has been honored in many ways. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The United States Post Office even made a stamp with his picture on it. Jackie Robinson helped to make baseball a better sport.

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